Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 2000

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Reflections for Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

I was Randy's roommate at St. Edwards University in the Fall of 1992. Later he moved into an apartment unit above me on Riverside while he finished out at St. Edwards and I transferred to UT. The one thing I will never forget about him was the kindness he had for all people. He was truly a 'gentle giant'. I remember his morning routine as a student which always involved wearing a tank top and shorts in the dorm and each morning drinking his Lipton Instant tea mix. I can still hear that spoon 'clanking' on the one glass he kept on the shelf above the dorm style desk. I never heard Randy say a bad thing about anyone. He was to this day one of the kindest people I've ever met. I had no idea of his passing or this event (as I lost touch back in the 1990's when I moved to Houston). Driving down I-35 yesterday 6/3/2016 I saw the sign. My heart sank and I prayed to God that it was not the Randy Vetter I knew. I can't put into words the sadness I feel and how my heart goes back to those days. He was in so many ways too good a man for the people he would encounter in his line of work. He valued people, live and being a good human being. His heart was very big and he cared for everyone. His deep laugh and always smiling face will always say with me.

Darius Barazandeh
Friend / Roommate in College

June 5, 2016

We watched your dashcam footage today.. As training for Officer Safety. To see the sacrifice you gave for our great state has encouraged me in more ways than one. There is a special place in my heart for Troopers, and I will keep your sacrifice close to me, to serve as a reminder that no traffic stop is routine and to never let my guard down. You will NEVER be forgotten Trooper Vetter. RIP sir.

Cadet Joshua Reeves
Vernon College Law Enforcement Academy, Texas

March 11, 2016

RIP brother. It is very saddening that a man killed you over a seatbelt, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May you forever be in peace and watch over your brothers and sisters who are still down here.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.

February 26, 2016

RIP my brother,my thoughts and prayers are with you,your family,your friends,and brother/sister officers.God bless.

Sgt.Patrick Evans ret.
Montgomery County police,Md

August 8, 2015

Your sacrifice is not forgotten, May you R.I.P.

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

August 7, 2015

It has been 15 long years since we lost you, but you're in our thoughts each and every day. You will always be remembered, Never Forgotten!

Retired Lt. Sheriff's Officer
Comal County S.O. Father

August 2, 2015



June 27, 2015

I attended the Warrior Mindset training offered by Calibre Press. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman had mentioned Randy in his talk, as well as other officers who gave their life in the name of public safety. I wrote each name down and wanted to make sure I posted a note to say thank you Randy for the difference you made in your community and also a note to the family that Randy is remembered even to this day. God Bless you all.

Chief Jeffrey Scott
Notre Dame College Police (Ohio)

May 27, 2015

Randy, it seems like yesterday. I think of you all the time. I was fortunate to have worked with you in Brownsville, Texas! I still remember the last time I saw you in the hospital. I could not say "Good Bye" I still can't!! I still wear your ID band every Police Memorial Week! I will see you again one day my brother! Miss and Love You! GOD Bless!

OFC Sam Spencer, Jr.
Hot Springs PD

March 29, 2015

It is with great respect that i submit a 21 mark salute to you - /////// - /////// - /////// - You helped keep citizens in The State of Texas safe . THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE - TDPS Trooper Randall Vetter !! R.I.P. SIR !!!

Clements unit - CO5

August 4, 2014

I remember the day. It brought back memories of my son's murder two years prior. He and his fellow Border Patrol agent partner were ambushed in the RGV. Déjà vu all over again. Rest inpeace, Randy.

A. Salinas
San Antonio, TX

A. Salinas, USAF, retired

August 4, 2014

As I sit here remembering my Son "Randy" today 8/03/2000, Its 14 years ago but still seems like today. Randy had such a bright future ahead of him. It was a horrible time watching him at the Hospital until Aug. 07, when he went to live with his Mother and God.
Bless all of our Law enforcement Officers and their families.

Lt. retired
Comal County Sheriff's Offioce

August 3, 2014

I just came across this video of the shooting of this officer and was horrified. I'm 39 yrs old and sit here at my desk and cried as I heard this officer gasping for air, slowly dying. I never met Officer Vetter, however I want to thank him and all our officers for the services they provide to insure a safe place to call home. All so often these men and women are not thanked enough. Such a young Officer and great loss to his wife and son.

Shawn Rice
Grieving Citizen

July 26, 2014

In the early nineties, I taught school at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. Today, I was returning from visiting an old friend in the San Marcos area. As I was driving down I-35, I read a sign that said "Randall Vetter Memorial Parkway". I remembered teaching a Randy Vetter. When I arrived home, I googled this site. I also watched in horror the youtube video of the traffic stop. I offer my sincere condolences to your family.

I remember Randy in the classroom. He was extremely kind as well as intelligent. He always knew that he would pursue a career in law enforcement. In his high school days, he worked security at the local K-Mart and used to tell me stories of how he caught people shoplifting items. I then changed schools from Canyon High School to Wimberley High School. One day I was speeding down 306 to take my children to a dental appointment in New Braunfels. I was pulled over by a DPS trooper. I could not believe that trooper was my former student, Randy Vetter. Randy recognized me. He visited with me, but he did not give me the much deserved ticket. I was so proud that he followed his dream to be in law enforcement. What an honorable profession!

Again, I am so sorry for your loss and apologize that it has taken me so long to offer my condolences. Please know that I very fond memories of Randy and admire his service.


Celeste Fisk

July 18, 2014

Rest in Peace Sir! May God Bless your soul! My God Bless your family!

VFD, Barrow AK

July 3, 2014

Rest in Peace sir. Thank you for your service. God Bless!!

Minneapolis PD

January 5, 2014

I just viewed his dashboard cam of this shooting. I find it quite horrible that someone could post this as you can hear the trooper taking his last breath. May his soul rest in peace and that we be more understanding of what is appropiate to post and what is not!

Patrol officer Jacksonville Tx. PD '94

October 23, 2013

Troopers like you have made DPS one of the finest state law enforcement agencies in the nation. Your Brothers will remember you as being one of the finest. Thank you my brother for your service.

Capt. Glenn Kresge
Delaware Health and Social Services

August 9, 2013

Thank you for your services. I remember you this day as it's your 13 year Anniversary RIP Trooper Vetter

Miguel Soto Jr.
Surviving Son of Officer Miguel T. Soto
Oakland,Ca. Police Dept
E.O.W. 6/22/1994

August 7, 2013

God Bless

S/O W. Hobbs
Corpus Christi Police Dept

March 8, 2013

I went to school with Randy. He was a great guy that always lead with his heart. A great trooper and a hero. Hard to believe its been 12 years, rest in peace my friend.

Brad clark

December 11, 2012

I am from the UK and just read about this brave officers encounter. Such a tragic waste.

Rest in peace brother.


September 15, 2012

Randy, your death was not in vane. You were a hero and will be remembered as such. I think of you and the incident that took your life often. You have made me a better and safer officer today than what I used to be. Thank you and your family for your service.

Jeff Hartsoe
Dallas, Texas PD

June 3, 2012

Randy, know that you will never be forgotten. Your a true hero to many of us 1st responders. Keep watch over us as we patrol the streets. May God Bless your family.

Patrolman D. Kirk
Bull Valley (IL) PD

March 27, 2012

I didn't know him but I am a criminal justice major, and my guest speaker showed us this video. An honorable man, and it is a deep sympathy that I feel towards his family. Rest in peace, and thank you for your service and protection


March 1, 2012

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